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ECJ: Live streaming only possible to a limited extent

It has emerged from a judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dated 7 March 2013 (file no. C-607/11) that television broadcasters can probably ban the dissemination of their broadcasts via live streaming.
GRP Rainer Lawyers Tax Advisors, Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Hanover, Bremen, Nuremberg, Essen and London explains: The ECJ based its view on the fact that this case deals with a communication to the public of protected works. However, such a communication requires the permission of the creator. This would even apply if the users were in possession of a television license which entitles them to receive the broadcasts via television.
In the case before the ECJ, several television broadcasters sued a company that operates a live streaming service. The television broadcasters were of the opinion that their copyrights pertaining to their broadcasts were being violated by the company. In a preliminary ruling, the case was then presented to the ECJ.
The ECJ has now ruled that the dissemination of television programs via live streaming shall not be possible without the creator’s consent. If a production is subject to repeated use, each retransmission of a production shall have to be discussed in advance with the creators. The creator would thus also potentially be able to prohibit a retransmission via live streaming.
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